February 26, 2021

IECRM SAFETY FORUM: Electrical Job Site Safety

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Hosted by IECRM

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Near Misses-when something is prevented by the safety procedures in place.  It is important to have safety protocols in place to help and diminish “near misses.”

Question:  Has anyone had any near misses?

  • Vehicles are the biggest exposure to safety issues in construction.  Be sure you’re having a conversation with your team about vehicle safety.  Don’t be distracted.  Give yourself enough time to get to where you are going.
  • Standby power/generators– what have you seen in the last few weeks with the incredibly cold weather?  The supply has been impacted because of the cold in TX and other states.  There will be a huge shortage in the market.
  • Wearing Masks – People still not wearing masks on the job sites.  Superintendents are not enforcing it.  Make sure you have protocols in place and enforce those standards.
  • Exothermic welding is NOT being shut down by OSHA.  This is a false rumor.  If you need training exothermic training, Jay Commuso is willing to do the training and do it for free.
    • Jay Commuso, I-Pro


Subject Matter Experts:

Brad Boswell, Safety Manager
Weifield Group Contracting

Duffy Stroumbos, Training Director
Weifield Group Contracting

Electrical Job Site Safety

  • The ultimate goal is to get everyone home safely every night.
  • We want to make sure we are getting through to our electricians about safety.
  • When teaching safety, we aren’t just teaching trade skills, but life skills.
  • If you aren’t comfortable with someone’s skill level to do the job safely, stop and show them the proper way until they understand it and consistently do it safely.
  • A lot of people coming into the trade don’t have a basic skill level that they’ve been given outside of the industry.  Kids are no longer taught basic skills from the family unit like they used to be taught.  We need to find a way (and it’s our obligation) to train the young field workers in proper safety skills.
  • Started “Apprentice Bootcamp” to build a cultural band of brothers and sisters when it comes to safety.  We start it early because we have many processes and procedures.  The apprentices responded very positively to the training.  “Everybody looks out for each other.”  The culture is built on relationships and culture which seems to work better.
  • If your foreman is on your case, it means he loves you.  If he’s not talking to you, that’s when you’re in trouble.\
  • If you carry pictures in your pocket of your family and loved ones, look at those pictures before you do something stupid. It gives them that reminder of why they want to be safe.  
  • Change how you talk to “green” apprentices.  They are new and need a little extra TLC.
  • Do training for ALL levels of employees.  This includes foremen training, great boss training, and how to be a leader. Make sure you are training EVERYONE at EVERY LEVEL.

Processes of dealing with people

  • Everyone follows the processes.  If something changes, everyone gets the same change.
  • Sometimes the failure comes in the communication.  We may be so busy talking that we aren’t listening or paying attention to what is going on.

Processes Electrically

  • When we set up for a project, we set up the temp power specific to the job site.  Sub-contractors need to communicate what their needs are if they need more accommodations for what they’re doing.  This conversation needs to happen on day 1.
  • Equipment – let the GC know what equipment is needed.  You don’t want to wait.  It will help avoid shutdowns on job sites.
  • Please instruct your people not to stab GFCI turtles with screwdrivers.
  • When starting a project, do a walk-through for safety and job site orientation.  Communicate with the people what their responsibilities are on day 1 so there is no miscommunication or misunderstanding.  
  • If people aren’t willing to follow the rules, that’s usually a sign that they may do things unsafely.
  • Know what equipment is on the job site in advance.  This ensures that you are aware of needed training before the electricians show up on the job site.  Find out who has had the training, and who needs the training.
  • Know what lockout – tag out looks like before permanent power is turned on.

Most injuries are preventable and self-inflicted by stupid mistakes or being in a hurry.  Be consistent in making safety appealing to your team and communicating your expectations.

An example used for safety:

Take a pen and scribble your name. Then write your name so everyone can read it. How much extra time did it take?  The same is true of doing things safely.

OSHA Recordkeeping Update: Ensuring Compliance After COVID-19
March 9th at 12:00 NOON  
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2021 IECRM Safety Forum Calendar
March 31, 2021– Ladder Safety and Fall Prevention
April 28, 2021-Tyson from UL (the White Book)
May 26, 2021-Temp Worker Safety with Contractors (Garret Taylor)
June 30, 2021– Driver Distraction / Safety (Possibly a Federated  presentation)
July 28, 2021 – Job Site Tour-Suggested-Western Stock Show tour
August 25, 2021 – 2022 Scheduling
September 29, 2021 – Mental Health
October 27, 2021 – Winter Jobsite Heating / Signage
November 2021 – No meeting this month
December 15, 2021 – Administrative Controls / Engineering Controls for Safety